Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track

4.4/5 (31)
7 nights
32 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 749
Bike tour in Italy
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track

4.4/5 (31)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

7 nights
32 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 749
Bike tour in Italy

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  • Discover a new depth of wonder in the Dolomites

    From the northeast of the Dolomites, embark on a wonderful cycling tour through the Höhlenstein Valley, passing by the famous 'Drei Zinnen' (Three Peaks) and onto the Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Enjoy the splendid scenery as you follow the old railway track, passing by Pieve di Cadore - the birth town of Titian. After a short transfer through the valley of ice cream makers, you'll arrive in Ponte nelle Alpi ('Bridge in the Alps') before journeying on to Belluno, nestled in the cradle of the Dolomites.

    Visit the town of Asolo and, further along in your journey, arrive in the fashionable 'City of a Hundred Horizons' - Treviso. Riding along the River Sile, you'll cycle towards the Serenissima, the lagoon city of Venice and a magnificent final destination for your enchanting exploration of northern Italy.

    • Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track Italy Bike Tour
    • Dining in Venice, Italy. Igoro Liyarnik@Unsplash
    • Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track Italy Bike Tour
    • Dolomites to Venice Along the Old Dolomites Railway Track Italy Bike Tour
    • Treviso, Italy. Sterling Lanier Lanier@Unsplash
    • Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. Julian Villella@Unsplash
    • Venice, Province Veneto, Italy. Canmandawe@Unsplash
    • Biking the Dolomites in Italy!

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    Highlights

    • View the Dolomites with a prospect of the famous "Drei Zinnen" (Three Peaks)
    • Cycle path along the old Dolomites railway track
    • Cortina d'Ampezzo, the Pearl of the Dolomites
    • Pieve di Cadore, the birth town of Titian
    • Belluno, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Asolo, and Treviso
    • Lagoon city of Venice

    Learn More

    Learn more about our self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Italy.

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Verona and Milan.


    Dolomites to Venice

    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
    •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
    •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
    •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    • Near Cortina (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    • Bassano del Grappa (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    • Asolo (photo by Garry Wyndham)
    •  (photo by Chris MacMillan)
    • Super helpful bike rental crew (photo by Rob Russell)
    • First day is on compacted dirt but the Dolomites are awesome! (photo by Rob Russell)
    • The old train grade was mostly paved and separated from traffic (photo by Rob Russell)
    • bike paths through towns are well marked and the phone app let us know when we went 'off route'! (photo by Rob Russell)
    • Many beautiful small villages on the route - perfect cappuccino stops! (photo by Rob Russell)
    • Oh, and don't forget the gelato! (photo by Rob Russell)
    • Coffee stop at Lago di Dobbiaco leaving Toblach (Sud Tyrol) to Cortina (Dolomites) (photo by Russ Gibfried)
    • The start at Toblach/Dobbiaco (photo by Marv)
    • One of the many tree lined bike paths (photo by Sandy89)
    • Beautiful scenery (photo by Sandy89)
    • View from our hotel one of the nights (photo by Sandy89)
    • Lakes of glacier water (photo by Sandy89)
    • This was the scenery on all sides of the trails (photo by Sandy89)
    • View from another hotel room on the trip (photo by Sandy89)
    • Around every bend beauty (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • Bolzano's terraced hills (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • The whale and the tunnel (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • Beautifully marked trail (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • Belluno umbrella street (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • Photo 6 (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
    • The Dolomites (photo by Julie)
    • Riding downhill (photo by Julie)
    • 1 A look back a Niederdorf as we left in the morning (photo by Pedalann)
    • 2 Spectacular scenery (photo by Pedalann)
    • 3 A quiet trail along the Brenta River (photo by Pedalann)
    • 4 We followed the Sile River past Casale sul Sile (photo by Pedalann)
    • 5 Arriving at our hotel in Quarto d'Altino (photo by Pedalann)
    • This photo shows the Four 'A's ready to sally forth on two BikeTours.com tours beginning in Italy but going on to Slovenia and Croatia. (photo by artnscience)

    Dolomites to Venice

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Individual arrival at Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)
    Arrive at the hotel in Hochpustertal.

    Overnight in Hochpustertal.

    Day 2: Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco – Cortina D'Ampezzo (19-22 miles/30-35 km)
    From Villabassa/Dobbiaco, you'll start on the bike path into the Höhlenstein Valley, past Lake Toblach and the war cemetery - this area was used as a front during World War I. You'll carry on past Lake Landro (on the left, you can see the famous 'Drei Zinnen'); the cycle path ascends slightly before you get to the border – Gemärk/Cimabanche – of the region of South Tyrol and the Veneto. From here, you'll cycle down into the valley, which opens up before entering towards the south. You'll then arrive in gorgeous Cortina.

    Overnight in Cortina D'Ampezzo.

    Day 3: Cortina d'Ampezzo – Belluno (47 miles/75 km)
    Today, the path is steady, going slightly downhill, for the most part along the old railway track; you will see the Sorapis on the left and the 'Fünf Türme'/Cinque Torri (Five Towers) on the right. You'll continue on to the south through the Boite Valley towards Pieve/Calalzo di Cadore.

    From here, the new cycling path takes you to Longarone. This town was completely rebuilt in 1963 after a landslide filled the dam above the village and caused a flood. From Longarone, it's slightly hilly until you reach Belluno.

    Overnight in Belluno area.

    Day 4: Belluno – Feltre (30 miles/40 km)
    From Belluno, the small capital of this province, the tour follows tree-lined avenues and hilly landscapes until the end of the day in Feltre. During the day, you'll come along small and scenic villages. In the north, you'll see the magnificent southern Dolomites, your accompanist in the first stages.

    Overnight in Feltre.

    Day 5: Feltre – Bassano del Grappa (34 miles/55 km)
    The first kilometers are easily cycled before you descend into the Brenta Valley. The town of Bassano del Grappa lies where the River Brenta joins the plains, its name coming from Mount/'Monte' Grappa. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a well-earned 'Grappa'! There are many places of interest to visit in the town, such as San Francesco, the 'Museo Civico' (Museum), or the Piazza della Libertà.

    Overnight in Bassano del Grappa.

    Day 6: Bassano del Grappa – Treviso (34 miles/55 km)
    On leaving the Dolomitic Alps, you'll occasionally see various villas designed by the renowned architect Palladio. The town of Asolo is ideal for a rest before continuing along the plains to Treviso - the town of the water striders. Along the canals, there are many wonderful houses and shops to admire. This is a center for Italian fashion, especially shoes and famous labels like Benetton.

    Overnight in Treviso.

    Day 7: Treviso – Venice/Mainland Mestre (28 miles/45 km)
    Following the River Sile, you'll cycle towards the Adriatic Sea, straight to Venice (mainland Mestre) where the impressive 'Serenissima' can be admired.

    Overnight in mainland Mestre.

    Day 8: Departure
    Individual departure or extension of stay.


    Dolomites to Venice

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Hotel Bachmann, Niederdorf/Villabassa-Toblach/Dobbiaco
    www.hotel-bachmann.it

    Hotel Villa Gaia, Cortina d'Ampezzo
    www.hotelvillagaia.it

    Park Hotel Villa Carpenada, Belluno
    www.hotelvillacarpenada.it

    Hotel Doriguzzi, Feltre
    www.hoteldoriguzzi.it

    Hotel Brennero, Bassano del Grappa
    www.hotelbrennero.com

    Hotel Ca’ del Galletto, Treviso
    www.hotelcadelgalletto.com

    Hotel Elite, Venice mainland/Quarto d’Altino
    www.elitehotel.it

    Please Note: Some hotels along this route will charge the local visitors fee (€1-2 per night). Be prepared to pay this at reception upon checkout as it is not included in the cost of the tour.


    Dolomites to Venice

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    Bikes available for rent (must be reserved at time of booking) include:

    • Women's 21-speed trekking bicycles: Shimano Alivio/Deore, Royal saddle, step-through frame
    • Men's 21-speed trekking bicycles: Aluminum, water bottle holder, Shimano Alivio/Deore, Royal saddle
    • TOP Standard Bike: Aluminum, Shimano Deore XT 21-speed, freewheel
    • Electrically assisted bike (step-through frame)*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Equipment provided with standard bike rentals include:

    • Waterproof rear saddle bag(per bike)
    • Waterproof handlebar bag with map compartment(per room)
    • Bicycle computer (tracks average speed, distance, time) per room
    • Repair kit, inner tube, pump, and bicycle lock (per room)

    Please note that the bikes are not equipped with phone holders. Since the tour operator provides a navigational app, we recommend bringing one with you for easeful use of the app.

    The bikes will be picked up from the local bike shop or they may be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel.

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE. 

    Pedals
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available to purchase for €25.


    Dolomites to Venice

     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Wednesdays and Saturdays: May 4 - Aug 7, 2024; Aug 21 - Sep 28, 2024. (additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)

    Season 1: May 4 and September 28, 2024

    Season 2: May 5, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024, Sep 14, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

    Season 3: Jun 15, 2024 - Sep 13, 2024

    Prices

    Tour package

    Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
    Per person, double occupancy €749 €829 €894
    Single use room* (1 person/1 room) €978 €1058 €1123

    *Single use rooms are intended for individual travelers, they are smaller than double rooms and contain only one twin/single bed.

    Bike Rentals

    Trekking bike, 21-gear unisex frame €99
    Trekking bike, 21-gear men's frame €99
    TOP Standard Bike, 21-gear €169
    Electrically assisted bike €249

    Extra Nights, Villabassa/Dobbiaco

    Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
    Per person, double occupancy €89 €89 €95
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €118 €118

    €124

    Extra Nights, Venice (mainland/Mestre)

    Per person, double occupancy €89
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €118

    Return Transfer

    Per person, including rental bike transfer to Toblack/Niederdorf (available Wednesdays or Saturdays) €79

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation in 3- and 4- star hotels and inns
    • Breakfast
    • Video tour briefing
    • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • Personal tour information; detailed documents (maps, route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers)
    • Service hotline in case of problems or questions
    • Navigation App

    Please Note: Some hotels along this route will charge the local visitors fee (€1-2 per night). Be prepared to pay this at reception upon checkout as it is not included in the cost of the tour.


    Tour Company


    Dolomites to Venice

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    On the first two days, you'll mainly follow the old Dolomites railway track. From the third day, the tour encounters slight ascents and descents on quiet side roads through idyllic landscape and typical Italian villages until you reach the plains on the last day. The tour is suitable for children over the age of 14.

    Approx. 50% on cycle paths
    Approx. 47% on side streets with little traffic
    Approx. 3% on paved roads


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Innsbruck, Austria; Treviso (TSF), Italy, or Venice Marco Polo (VCE), Italy
    The tour company can organize a transfer from the airport to the starting hotel upon request for an extra fee.

    Nearest train station: Innsbruck, Austria; Niederdorf or Toblach
    Take the train from Innsbruck over the "Brenner/Brennero" to Franzensfeste. Change trains for the Pusteria Valley/Lienz and disembark either at Niederdorf or Toblach depending on the location of your hotel.

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Venice Marco Polo (VCE), Italy
    Nearest train station: Venice Mestre, Italy

    Return transfer is possible every Wednesday and Saturday by shuttle bus from Venice mainland/Mestre to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa at a price of €79 per person (operator's bicycle included, additional €39 for your personal bike - reservation and payment upon booking).

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.


    Dolomites to Venice

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Barbara Stanley 1 month ago

      Good trip with a few problems.

      Instruction , hotels and app were very good overall. Could improve to have ability to put in hotel for city navigation when it really counts. I had a collision with a tram at the end of the ride but lucky that I had minimal damage. Also , in our group of 5 , one had a horrible bike and the chain kept coming off.

    • Mary-lou Huculak 2 months ago

      Amazing scenery.

      The fresh air and mountain peaks are spectacular. I would recommend upgrading the bike rental as the basic trekking bike were not efficient for the terrain of this route.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May, 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Sam Roozendaal 2 months ago

      Beatiful Views

      Great way to see the Dolomites and Northern Italy. Majority of the ride was on paths, so low stress. There is more climbing than indicated in the description so be prepared. The rental bikes are 21 speed vintage 1990's so heavy and not geared well for the climbs.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Nancy 9 months ago

      Stunning vistas

      Beginning in the Dolomites, our cycle experience included amazing scenery on very nice e-bikes. The interesting accommodations added to the history and charm of the area. Some of the apparently newly paved roads had little or no traffic and we glided effortlessly downhill toward the final destination of Mestre. One day, we encountered free roaming cows, each with a cowbell and walking calmly along the side of the path and paying us no attention.

    • Mickey Shnaiderman 9 months ago

      An almost perfect tour

      A very unusual and exciting way to explore to Dolomites. Riding the bicycle through the those magnificent views was truly astounding.
      The routes were picked correctly both in terms of distance and terrain.
      Also, the provided booklet with the brief information about the routes and food recommendation was great!
      All the hotels were great with excellent service, breakfasts were good and had us full until arrival.
      The bicycles were good too, although we would expect to have some help adjusting them to our sizes. My girlfriend is very short and we had to find a multi-tool to adjust her saddle horizontal position. If we had all the tools supplied, it would be much easier.
      We also had one miscommunication: one of the hotels was changed, so we got the updated list of hotels before the beginning of the tour. Upon arrival, we got all the maps and another list of hotels. This printed list stated that all previous lists were invalid, so we took it for granted. At the second day of riding, which was the longest and the hardest, we arrived exhausted to the wrong hotel, only to realize we have 3 more kilometres to ride to a hotel outside the city. That, in turn, meant that we were left with only one dinner option - in the hotel itself. It was great, though, but quite expensive.
      The navigation was a bit tricky too. The app is a bit primitive, sometimes got stuck, drained a lot of battery when navigating with the screen on (compared to Google Maps that takes much less battery). In one occasion it also got my phone so hot it had to shut down. In some several places the app tried to take us on to non existent roads or onto incoming traffic. It was also unaware of road constructions. Other than that, when getting the hang of this app, it wasn't that bad. We managed to find our way without too much of a hustle.
      A tip to give to other riders next time: Venice has a secured parking spot for bicycles for a 10€ per bicycles. It is essentially a huge locker for the bike. Also, a big shout-out for Anthony, who called us to help finding the return place of the bikes. He also gave us the tip of riding to Venice and then leaving them in the hotel inserted of in the garage.

      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
      •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
      •  (photo by Mickey Shnaiderman)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Garry Wyndham 10 months ago

      Extraordinarily varied and wonderful scenery.

      This was one of our favorite ever vacations for the scenery, the food and the physical challenge. BikeTours is a great company and the tour is super value.

      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Terez Maniatis 10 months ago

      First trip in the dolomites

      The scenery was amazing! The local tour company was not.
      By the time we got our bikes they had run out of repair kits. We had to but two tire tubes at different times because of this. Would not recommend this company!

      How many tours have you completed?
      Many
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      • 3/5 Value
      • 2/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
      • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Garry Wyndham 10 months ago

      Extraordinary experience

      Marvelous variety of views and experiences, geology and wonderful food. This was our second time and we had a blast. Despite one hiccup with the wrong hotel, Biketours looked after us well. Highly recommended

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      •  (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      • Near Cortina (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      • Bassano del Grappa (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      • Asolo (photo by Garry Wyndham)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Chris MacMillan 10 months ago

      Spectacular scenery, poor bike maintenance

      The scenery was spectacular and memorable. The hotels were good. However in the middle of the trip my bike handlebars came loose and the bike was very difficult to steer towards the hotel. Also I found the Funtastic navigation app to be unreliable.

      •  (photo by Chris MacMillan)
    • Rob Russell July 9, 2023

      Fantastic bike trip - downhill all the way!

      I did this trip with my daughter who had never been to Italy. The folks at ''Fun Active Tours" were exceptional. They let us have the bikes a day early, call our hotels to make sure we had two beds as some of the hotels thought 'double' ment one bed! They let my daughter ride with the luggage transfer guy in the middle of the tour as her U-?-What was sore ;). Hotels were great and the route was unbelievable. Frendly Italians and some of the best food we've ever had. Go for it!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      15
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Super helpful bike rental crew (photo by Rob Russell)
      • First day is on compacted dirt but the Dolomites are awesome! (photo by Rob Russell)
      • The old train grade was mostly paved and separated from traffic (photo by Rob Russell)
      • bike paths through towns are well marked and the phone app let us know when we went 'off route'! (photo by Rob Russell)
      • Many beautiful small villages on the route - perfect cappuccino stops! (photo by Rob Russell)
      • Oh, and don't forget the gelato! (photo by Rob Russell)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Dantzel Crane May 28, 2023

      Beautiful sights, okay directions

      We absolutely loved our trip to Italy! It was such a treat to be able to be outside and spend significant time in the Italian countryside, seeing the beauty that is there. My only critique is that often times the directions were a bit difficult to follow. It might just be that I am unfamiliar with the Italian road system, but there were several times where we needed to check the map that was given to us by the tour company against Google maps to make sure that we were in the right place and hadn’t missed a significant turn. Otherwise, the hotels were fine but nothing special (we did not pay for upgraded hotels), the bikes were great, and we loved our time in Italy so much!

      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Russ Gibfried November 7, 2022

      Great locations, trip pace and places to stay

      Perfect way to see Bavaria, Tyrol, the Dolomites and into Venice. Old train tracks have been converted to bike trails, so you see towns and places that you would miss in a car. The mobile app keeps you on track. I'm convinced this is the best way to see a country and all my future trips will include a one week bike tour (if possible)

      • Coffee stop at Lago di Dobbiaco leaving Toblach (Sud Tyrol) to Cortina (Dolomites) (photo by Russ Gibfried)
    • Sharon Aikens October 15, 2022

      Spectacular scenery, great trails, mediocre hotels

      The route from Toblach to Venice was fantastic. We were surprised at how much of the route was on beautiful paved trails, along rivers, mountain ridges and through lovely small villages. The bikes provided were excellent. The FunActive app is very good but, the the bikes do not come equipped with a cell phone mount so every time you want to figure out directions, you have to stop and hassle with your phone. This added a lot of time to completing the route each day. We had rented a mounted GPS for this purpose, but were told when we got there that they no longer offer this because they have the app. The ride itself is at an intermediate level of difficulty because there were a few challenging spots, mostly when the trail was steep gravel, but also a couple quite long climbs. The big disappointment were some of the hotels or hotel rooms. Many hotels were nice but they seem to reserve the worst rooms for FunActive. When we realized this, we started asking for nicer rooms. One night when we were supposed to stay in the lovely town of Belluno, we were housed in a horrible hotel far from town after after riding 75 kilometers (Hotel Villa Capenada). It was like out the the movie "The Shining." Old and tired, deserted and creepy. We were too tired to go back into town and the food at the hotel was inedible and very expensive. We never got to see Belluno. A few other hotels were barely acceptable with dusty bedspread, curtains and dirty carpet. The hotel in Mestre put us in a room that smelled like cigarettes and sewer and the floor was linoleum. On our return stay there, we insisted on a nicer room and got a lovely room on a higher floor. The moral of the story: Don't accept an unacceptable room! But BikeTours.com and FunActive need to know that this is going on. We have been on many bike tours and never require fancy accommodations but some of these were pretty disappointing. All that said, the BikeTours.com and the FunActive staffs provided excellent service in setting up the tour for us.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 1/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Don Thain September 23, 2022

      Mostly fantastic

      This trip used rental bikes and was self-guided. The basics worked well with hotel bookings and luggage transfers. The bikes were fine for this but had minor deficiencies. The joining instructions were incorrect but were sorted out with a phone call. Routings were chosen to highlight scenery and views while avoiding traffic. The map sets were disappointing as directions were muddled. Other cyclists had the same complaint. But it was a great trip nonetheless.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Dewey Forward August 31, 2022

      Spectacular if very challenging

      It was certainly the most dramatic trip I’ve ever taken. By the end of the trip I was complexly familiar on how the app works and appreciated the care that went into all of the planning.
      The hotels were all interesting being uniquely Italian and well placed in the towns we stayed in. All and all a lifetime memory of joy. Harder than a 1 difficulty which was advertised.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2022
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Llewellyn Fernandes August 7, 2022

      Beautiful Italy from Mountains to Coast

      The views of the mountains and countryside were fabulous ! And best experienced on bike. All the hotels along the way were nice and comfortable. Luggage usually delivered by 4pm, so sometimes we toured the town and had a bistro stop before ending the day at the hotel. Since my daughter was having some challenges with the distances, we just hopped on a train to complete the day's journey and toured the town. It was actually a great way to spend the day. Only issue we had was that all the instructions were in German. This did cause some challenges because there was a major detour one day. We figured it out but would have been much easier if all information was in English (as we expected since we communicated in English throughout the booking process). Otherwise it was a fabulous trip !

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Natalie Synhavsky August 5, 2022

      Loved it!

      The scenery on this trip is truly amazing. The first two days were mostly on gravel paths before getting to paved connected trails and roads. The hotels weren't anything special, but we loved the biking route and would absolutely recommend this trip!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Alexthegr8 October 2, 2019

      A Bumpy Ride at Times, but Worth It.

      The scenery ranges from pleasant (Asolo to Treviso) to spectacular (Cortina to Belluno), and the hotels (all of which were nice) were conveniently located with the exception of those in Belluno and Treviso, which are located too far from the center to walk. Bikes were OK, although the pump provided did not fit the tube stem, and the extra inner tube was too large. We saw very little signage on the first day, although the frequency of signage increased over the length of the trip. The GPS, for which we paid extra, did not work, and is unnecessary in any case. All that said, we enjoyed the riding very much, and would definitely recommend it to others, most particularly if they have some prior experience (there are a few detours along the way) .

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      8
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Marv September 29, 2019

      First European Bike trip

      This was an amazing trip. Well organized, excellent hotels and breakfast. The route was beautiful. The bicycling was more challenging than we expected, but we are casual cyclists. If you are somewhat of a serious cyclist, it would be no problem. 95% of the directions were excellent. 5% were very confusing or ambiguous. Everyone in our group got lost at one point or another. Overall, well organized and beautiful trip. We will book again with Biketours.com.

      What was the date of your tour?
      09/14/2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • The start at Toblach/Dobbiaco (photo by Marv)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • j59fj2046r July 28, 2019

      Great cycling and and absolute best way to see the Dolomites. The routes are great, with a little bit of climbing and some fun downhill sections each day. I commute to work and found the riding matched my ability, leaving enough time to stop here and there, and explore the city at the end of each stage.

      TIP: The routes are mostly intuitive and easy to follow, but there are some challenges and confusing areas. If you ride this tour, skip wrestling with the paper map and use a GPS. I set aside some time before each ride to plot my route using the Komoot cycling app on my phone - I found I made fewer wrong turns and had more confidence to have fun with the ride and take in the scenery.

      What was the date of your tour?
      2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Sandy89 July 18, 2019

      Unbelievable Scenery!

      Our first time to the Dolomites - we will be back! The scenery was breathtaking. Everywhere you looked there was a photo opportunity. The hotels were quaint and the food was excellent although we would have liked more recommendations of food and sight seeing along the way (we were self guided). Totally recommend getting the GPS for one of the bikes if you self guide due to some tricky routing. Overall, loved this trip and would recommend it to our friends!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • One of the many tree lined bike paths (photo by Sandy89)
      • Beautiful scenery (photo by Sandy89)
      • View from our hotel one of the nights (photo by Sandy89)
      • Lakes of glacier water (photo by Sandy89)
      • This was the scenery on all sides of the trails (photo by Sandy89)
      • View from another hotel room on the trip (photo by Sandy89)
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe July 19, 2019

        We couldn't agree more; the scenery on this tour is amazing!

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Bumble July 15, 2019

      Beautiful Scenery

      From the picturesque mountains in the north to the open flat lands of the south this was a joy to ride. The hotels were clean and welcoming.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      Four
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Eliz July 9, 2019

      beautiful trip

      A very nice way to view this part of Italy - nice scenery all around, the selected roads were great and away from main ones, easily described and marked to follow
      All good

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/19 - 6.25
      How many tours have you completed?
      8
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • CyclesInRoswell April 5, 2019

      Wonderful Anniversary Trip!

      We did this tour in June 2016 and I neglected to write a review. Wonderful scenery, great little side trips if you want to add miles, and wonderful service and accommodations. We had a great time on our rented tandem (affectionately nicknamed "The Whale") and would do this tour again. BikeTours Direct service was excellent, and the tour company did a great job. A romantic way to spend our 25th anniversary.

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Around every bend beauty (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • Bolzano's terraced hills (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • The whale and the tunnel (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • Beautifully marked trail (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • Belluno umbrella street (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • Photo 6 (photo by CyclesInRoswell)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Skippy September 22, 2018

      Loved the Scenery!

      Enjoyed each day! Length was good, even including the king day!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 8-15, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Anne52 October 2, 2017

      A gorgeous and adventurous trip!

      This tour took us through stunning scenery on bike paths and small, very quiet roads where we were often out of sight of other bikers. The hotels we stayed at along the way were comfortable, often in beautiful settings and all had fantastic breakfasts. We loved the small towns and off the beaten track places that we were led to. Despite some lack of stickers where they were needed, we generally found the directions and maps to be fairly good. We opted for 7 gear bikes but we would highly recommend the 21 gear bikes. There were more uphills than we had expected and we had to push our bikes at times as 7 gears weren't adequate. Overall, we had a most enjoyable experience.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 6 - 13, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      One other
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Garry August 17, 2017

      A wonderful trip

      This is a wonderful trip. The scenery is breath taking, the hotels are friendly and well run and there is great food to be enjoyed. The organization was first rate, both at Biketours in the US and through their affiliate in Italy. I'd do it again and invite friends to join us. But I'd do it in late spring rather than summer - it does get hot and humid in July. I'd also try to schedule some rest days in cities like Belluno and Trieste that would be fun to explore more of.

      We got lost several times despite the excellent tour documentation. Do keep an eye out for the trail markers and ensure your mobile is charged. Thank goodness for Google Maps!

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 9, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Julie June 11, 2017

      Loving Italy!

      We just finished this tour and it was amazing! My husband and I rode it with our two teenage daughters. It was the perfect level for all of us- not too difficult, but had some challenges. We loved the quaint Italian mountain towns. We rode on roads that the Giro d'Italia had done the week before. We bought cherries from an orchard that was right on our route. we had cappuccinos and gelato everyday! It was truly a wonderful experience!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • The Dolomites (photo by Julie)
      • Riding downhill (photo by Julie)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • JimG August 10, 2016

      Northern Italy

      I just finished riding the Dolomites to Venice tour. It's a marvelous tour. The tour company "Fun Active" are exceptional. I was all stressed out worrying about getting lost. They learned about my concern, contacted me at the starting hotel, and delivered, installed, and instructed me on a GPS which I rented.
      The tour went seamlessly. Highly recommend this tour.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 1, 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Pedalann February 28, 2016

      A Spectacular Ride from the Austrian Border to Venice

      This tour allowed us to experience the changing face of Italy from the quite Austrian north down though many medieval towns and into the coastal plain around Venice. The introduction and orientation by a representative from FunActive Tours was complete and included detailed maps, cue sheets and information about the areas and towns we would be traveling through. We enjoyed each day's ride and learned so much about the history of this part of the country as we went along. We were on the "self-guided" tour and were easily able to follow the route with our maps cue sheets and the route markers posted along the way. We missed our turns only a couple of times and quickly found our way again. The routes were mostly bikeways or very low traffic roads which made the ride especially enjoyable.

      How many tours have you completed?
      25+
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 1 A look back a Niederdorf as we left in the morning (photo by Pedalann)
      • 2 Spectacular scenery (photo by Pedalann)
      • 3 A quiet trail along the Brenta River (photo by Pedalann)
      • 4 We followed the Sile River past Casale sul Sile (photo by Pedalann)
      • 5 Arriving at our hotel in Quarto d'Altino (photo by Pedalann)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • artnscience December 30, 2015

      Spectacular experience with the most scenic and variable terrains, villages and accommodations

      I feel I have experienced the soul of Italy through the pedals of my bicycle as we passed from Niederdorf through the Dolomites, into beautiful towns and cities to Venice. Since we paired this tour with one starting in Venice two days after our arrival we had more time to explore it and it's out islands. I prepared a Google+ album with captions for the 306 photos from both tours. You may use any of these images with captions as you see fit. The four of us, two Anderson and two Abeles call ourselves the Four 'A's because we sally forth on adventures together. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOVdH6klghY5LXY0xRnJXgs3V22UOQqIrSTQtIZk-iBfOPD-HVh2ajAjWPV0rspkQ/photo/AF1QipMkVq17mKGDNdacKckMZOIwFVFSf3ZEwQI7lm8?key=MEQzNXNiWEVwM2MwSV8ycVExcWg4ZmFUU2kzM3h3

      How many tours have you completed?
      14 European, 1 Canadian, 7 USA
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • This photo shows the Four 'A's ready to sally forth on two BikeTours.com tours beginning in Italy but going on to Slovenia and Croatia. (photo by artnscience)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection

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